Kristoff Rolle is not just a graphic designer, photographer or videographer, but a well-known presence on social media. Understanding that technology has no boundaries, he has an extraordinary talent and a mission to take online platforms and live stream to all businesses, especially the church community.
His willingness to follow his passion has readily opened doors for him. This church boy has used his wings to be the change we all need. I am grateful that Kristoff Rolle has chosen to motivate and inspire through this dialogue.
Question: How did you get started on this career path?
Answer: I started this career path at Hope Academy with a gripping curiosity in computers since grade nine, which led to a rising love for graphics. My interest grew through watching television, and observing online content and visual art tutorials. With the help of YouTube and constant research, I became determined to learn more about cutting-edge technology which led to editing videos for the program GGYA.
Q: How essential is your craft to businesses?
A: My craft helps businesses with overall branding as it presents their product or service to the world, using graphic designs or digital content through social media.
Q: Did you study this career path in school or were you self-taught?
A: I was self-taught by watching endless YouTube videos nightly along with constant practice. I also did job training at a movie group for one week, gathering tips and coaching from a Bahamian film director.
Q: How were you given the business name “Church Boy Production?”
A: I always attended church regularly with my grandmother and, while captivated by church music and granted permission to beat the drums, I became devoted to every Sunday service. I wanted to become better. The name thereafter was further instigated by my senior pastor, who also observed my constant church presence. Thereafter I was dubbed, so I adopted the name Church Boy Production Studio for my business.
Q: How do you begin your day for production?
A: I begin by ensuring that my equipment is properly functioning, such as cameras, wiring, microphones and lighting etc. Thereafter, I prepare to arrive at my destination at least two hours prior to production time to set up.
Q: What is considered most challenging for you in this craft?
A: This craft demands a vast amount of time and patience, which results in sleepless nights and exhausted mornings. As expected, preparation is vital as it ensures that the production is seamless, especially as clients have a tendency to often make last minute requests.
Q: What brings you the most joy in this craft?
A: Joy comes from the excitement on the faces of my clients due to the satisfaction from my work.
Q: Where do you find creativity?
A: I tend to grasp creativity from everything around me, and strategically I integrate the customer’s concept and vision to offer an awesome outcome.
Q: What motivates you?
A: My mother always encouraged me to be happy in everything I do. Besides, I am inspired and constantly reminded that this is not just a job, but actually a passion, as it is fulfilling when the needs of my clients are met.
Q: What are your most essential tools?
A: The most important tools are my laptop and camera equipment, as it helps to produce videos with detail and precision.
Q: Do you think art is a gift or a learnt behaviour?
A: I think that that art is a gift. Proverbs 18, verses 16 states that “a man’s gift will make room for him and bring him before great men”.
Q: What is your monumental feedback from a customer?
A: My monumental feedback from customers is superb because of my quality and standard that keeps them thoroughly satisfied, which makes it all worthwhile.
Q: What type of feedbacks do you receive from customers?
A: Initially many customers are astonished upon our first meeting, as they imagine an older person. Nonetheless, during the recording sessions, they are usually nervous, but with the use of a little patience and experience we gain balance. To display appreciation, customers usually follow up with a “thank you” message which is why I love what I do.
Q: What would you tell others who are desirous of getting into this industry?
A: If you possess stamina, integrity, passion and seek perfection…go for it. Always keep God first and remember Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Until we meet again, fill your life with memories rather than regrets. Enjoy life and stay on top of your game!
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ABOUT COLUMNIST: Deidre M. Bastian is a professionally-trained graphic designer/marketing co-ordinator and certified life coach with qualifications of M.Sc., B.Sc., A.Sc. She has trained at institutions such as: Miami Lakes Technical Centre, Success Training College, College of The Bahamas, Nova Southeastern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas.